What God Hates

Proverbs 5–9

God’s Story

Solomon beseeches his young “son” to steer clear of the adulterous woman. Her seductions seem appealing, but she will only lead him to squander his precious life.

Solomon pushes past the poetry and speaks plainly: A young man should stay faithful to his wife. Sleeping with another man’s wife or having sex with a prostitute is a poor trade—exchanging priceless, lifelong intimacy for a cheap, momentary thrill.

The ant has much to teach about having a good work ethic. These creatures faithfully work all harvest season so that they will have food in the winter. Laziness leads to poverty.

Solomon lists seven things that God hates—their evil inflames his heart.

Solomon tells the story of a wayward man who becomes bewitched by the brazen ploys of the adulterous woman. He falls for her seductions. In exchange, she destroys his life. Lady Wisdom calls out too, offering life to anyone who will listen to her. God made her before he laid the earth’s foundations. She enjoys his company and longs to pour out his truth to anyone who pursues it.

The King’s Heart

“There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him . . . ” (Proverbs 6:16). Why the hatred? Why the passion? Why does God feel so intensely about evil?

Because it’s personal.

God is good; it is who he is. The fruit of his Spirit is “love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23). His very essence is good. That means that evil is a blatant affront to him. It is a divine insult, a mockery. God hates lying tongues because he would never lie. Never—it’s not who he is. God hates “a heart that devises wicked schemes” (Proverbs 6:18) because he would never plot and scheme. It’s not who he is.

And he hates evil because he loves us. He, the all-knowing One, is well aware of the ways that evil hurts and destroys us. He knows what it costs us, what it takes from us, the pain it brings us and how it devastates and damages us. Evil is a robber. It is a rapist. And God’s protective love for us sparks his hatred of evil.

Pay attention in the book of Proverbs. In his passion for the good, God is showing his beautiful heart.


In Proverbs 6:16–19, the passage describing what God hates, Solomon uses a common Hebrew literary tactic with the numbering for emphasis—saying first that there are six things that God hates, and then seven. The higher number is the one that the author is intending to emphasize.

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